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Poll: N.J. voters likely to approve $400 million in bonds for open space preservation

Openspacelogo_optBY TOM HESTER SR.

Fifty-six percent of likely voters in the Nov. 3 election say they will approve a ballot referendum that would give the state the power to issue $400 million in bonds to preserve farmland, open space and historic sites and buy flood-prone land, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll released Wednesday.

Just 31 percent say they disapprove of the bond issue and 13 percent say they are not sure.

The bond issue gains approval by a similar margin, 57 percent to 32 percent among just those who say they always vote on bond issues.

Initially, the Legislature and Gov. Jon Corzine considered asking voters to approve a $600 million bond issue but the amount was reduced amid concerns that voters might not be in the mood to support the proposal during the economic recession. The state government presently faces debt of over $32 million, much of it from earlier bond issues.

About 24 percent of voters say they usually just skip bond questions. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they always vote on bond questions, 69 percent to 59 percent, and voters over 60 are far more likely than voters under 30 to say they always vote on the ballot questions by 72 percent to 33 percent.

The poll also found more than 22 percent of likely voters say they've received an application at home for a mail-in ballot, but only 4 percent of those – and less than one percent of all voters – have mailed in the application. Eighty-nine percent of those who confirmed they've received an application for a mail-in ballot say they'll pass on the application process and go right to the voting both on Election Day.

In all, just 8 percent of voters say they're somewhat or very likely to vote by mail. Ten percent say they're not very likely, and 81 percent say they're not at all likely to bother with voting by mail.

"Voting by mail has become more and more popular in other states," said Peter Woolley, the poll's director, "but it seems its time has not yet come in the Garden State. Many people still see going to vote as a personal and communal ritual."

The poll of 667 likely voters statewide was conducted by telephone from last Wednesday through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus percentage points.

Comments (3)
3 Wednesday, 21 October 2009 08:13
Nan D
I don't know where these people who were polled actually live; but in Southern NJ the polls are showing people intend to overwhelming vote NO on this increase $400 million open space loan capacity. 81% NO to 19% Yes..AC Press. Perhaps they are more enlightened? They know every NJ county and over half of every municipality is already charging them an open space acquistion tax, in the amount of over $410 million dollars every year. So, every NJ resident is already paying taxes for open space. We don't wish to be triple taxed, especially in this bad economy with our state on the verge of bankruptcy. The taxes we already pay for open space to our counties and municipalities is enough. Unfortunately, the hundreds of environmental groups who have grown since 1961, when NJ first funded Open space, would lose the steady stream of billions of dollars NJ residents have been supplying to open space acquistion programs and indirectly to those groups through open space grants which they use to purchase land. The fact that there appears to be a connection with some of the 44 arrests in NJ and the DEP in possible misdoings is all the more reason not to give even more money to the state open space program. Additionally, the state open space program needs to be fully investigated for not spending the billions of taxpayers money they have already received in an appropriate manner. I am voting NO on the Nov.3 open space ballot question and triple taxation.
2 Monday, 12 October 2009 13:05
Johnny Carrots
Why are we buying floodplains again? To prevent development? Are you kidding me?

NJ residents are gluttons for punishment. Only this state can be so far in debt, so burdened by taxes, then look at $400,000,000 and say, "spending all of this will save us money".

1 Wednesday, 07 October 2009 12:24
Jane S
the open space gives us clean water reduces congestion which is the cost of so many of our problems, both health and otherwise. i think it saves us a lot of money in the long run too.

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